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About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Bangalow is 2,085, with a population density of 0.86 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Bangalow is bounded by the localities of Coorabell and McLeods Shoot in the north, the localities of Talofa and Coopers Shoot in the east, Ballina Shire, Skinners Creek and the localities of Newrybar and Binna Burra in the south, and the locality of Possum Creek in the west.

Name origin

Bangalow is named from an Aboriginal word for a kind of palm tree. It was originally known as Byron Creek.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the late 1840s, with land used mainly for timber getting and dairy farming. Population was minimal until the 1880s when the township was established. Growth took place from the 1890s into the early 1900s, spurred by the opening of the railway line. The population gradually increased during the 1970s and 1980s, and then increased steadily between 1991 and 2011 as new dwellings were added to the area.

Land use

Bangalow encompasses a small township (residential, commercial and industrial land use) and surrounding rural areas. Rural land is used largely for dairy farming, fruit and vegetable growing, and macadamia and coffee growing.

Major features

Major features of the area include Bangalow Historical Museum, Bangalow Showground, Bangalow Sports Fields, Jeff Schneider Field, Shultz Oval, Bangalow Weir and one school.